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New to Snowplowing? Things to Consider

Meyer Snow Plow

We choose Meyer as our local snow plow supplier.

Maybe you just bought a truck and think, hey, now’s a good time to get a great price on a snowplow. Maybe you’re thinking of an extra income. Whatever your circumstances, if you’re new to snowplowing in Cleveland or getting back in the snow removal business, here are some things we’d like to share.

1. Do NOT assume a new truck – even a half-ton pickup – can handle a plow.

We’ve had some unpleasantly surprised customers in our showroom pretty ticked off when they found out their new vehicle didn’t have the FGAWR to handle a blade. FGAWR, or Front Gross Axle Weight Rating, is a number you can’t ignore. If exceed your vehicle’s capacity, you risk serious and expensive damage to your truck.

FGAWR can be found on the inside panel of the driver’s side door (on any vehicle, by the way). Make sure the plow you’re considering is within the vehicle’s specifications. Cleveland plow manufacturer Meyer Products’ website features an EZ Match System online that pretty much does what you’d think: it helps you determine which plow and accessories your truck can handle. Of course, you can also call a local snowplow dealer (like us!) with questions. You can reach JTI at 440.232.4311.

2. Determine what you need. Like everything else, options abound.

Straight blades are more economical than V plows, but depending on the job, one style blade can be better than the other. Try to have a general idea of the work you’ll be doing before you buy. (Just driveways? Also parking lots? Will you need to pile, or just push the snow?)

Also before you buy, ask your local dealer if you can get your hands on the plow. Once you’re out there plowing, you’ll have to make adjustments on the fly – in the dark – with the snow and ice flying. Better to get a little education in a nice, dry, well-lit showroom before your first day of OTJ training!

Once you’re plowing, you may realize a few accessories could make your life easier. Lights, extra straps, grease… if you’re looking for a plow accessory, call us – we probably have it.

3. Who’s supporting you? You need to consider what kind of support you’ll have from your dealer as well as from the plow manufacturer.

We’ve found Meyer Products to be a very ethical company, staffed by truly helpful people who know their products and they stand behind them. Meyer’s warranty is simply the best in the industry.

Obviously, that’s important from an aggravation standpoint. (It’s much nicer to work with a company that says, “let’s make this right” rather than “you bought it, it’s your problem.”) It’s also important because a snowplow is a pretty big investment, both time and dollar-wise. And like any hardworking equipment, your plow is going to need replacement parts from time to time. Knowing that your manufacturer stands behind its warranty (and has replacement parts readily available) is key, as is knowing that your dealer has a good relationship with the manufacturer.

At JTI, we spend time with our staff and Meyer Product reps to ensure we’re as ready as we can be for whatever the winter brings. Got questions? Need to find replacement parts? Would a salt spreader help you get more snow removal business? We’re here to help, 6 days a week.  ________________________________________________________________________

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsThe winter of 2014-2015 has made us appreciate snow removal professionals more than ever. Thanks for all you do! If you have questions about your blade, undercarriage, or need accessories for your plow, please call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in to our Oakwood Village showroom, where we’re open Monday – Friday 8am-5pm & Saturday 8am-2pm. Meanwhile, our Twitter @JTI_Inc and Facebook pages are open 24 hours 😉 ________________________________________________________________________

 


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Snowplow Q&A – Cleveland Snow Removal Business Questions 101

Meyer is our Cleveland snow plow supplier

JTI is an authorized Meyer snow plow dealer, and we’re happy to help Cleveland area snow removal business owners make the most of winter.

This time of year, we field a lot of questions about snowplows, blades, repairs, salt spreaders, and the snow removal business. Hey, that’s a day in the life of a Cleveland trailer and hitch (and snowplow) business.

Below, we’ve excerpted pieces of a very helpful FAQ list published by Cleveland’s own Meyer Products. Got other questions?  Looking for a salt spreader or some local trailer and hitch experts?  That’s what we’re here for – visit us or call 440.232.4311.

Choosing The Right Plow

How do I know if my vehicle is recommended for a snow plowing application?
Only vehicles that have the vehicle manufacturer’s snow plow prep package are recommended for snow plowing. GM uses the “VYU” option code. Ford uses the “86M” option code. Dodge uses the “AHH” or “AHD” option code. Plowing without the original Snow Plow Preparation Package may damage your vehicle, and the added weight to the equipment may impair the operation and control of the vehicle . Plowing with a vehicle that the manufacturer does not recommend for that purpose may void your new vehicle warranty. If your vehicle is not originally equipped with the Snow Plow Package, additional parts may be necessary before snow plowing. Owners of these vehicles should consult their dealers before purchase or installation of such parts. CAUTION: the installation, on any vehicle, of these parts is not a full substitute for the original equipment Snow Plow Preparation Package.

How do I select a plow best suited for my truck?
Downsized vehicles will use the TM, TMP or DP series snow plows. Examples of these vehicles include the Wrangler, Tacoma, Colorado/Canyon, Ranger, etc… 1/2 ton vehicles will use either the STL, ST, STP, DP or DPP series plows. These plows are for non-commercial/personal use only. 3/4 and 1 ton vehicles, or vehicles up to 17000 GVW, will use the C,CP, LP,LPP or AG series commercial snow plows. Vehicles 17000 to 27,000 GVW will use the HM or HMP heavy municipal series plows. Vehicles 27,000 to 33,000 GVW will use the RP series plows. Note: Meyer has a specific snow plow selector that is based on your exact truck model. Click here to search the plow or plows Meyer recommends.

Snow Plow Blades and Mountings

Will the mount from my old truck fit onto my new truck?
Mountings are designed specifically for a particular vehicle. Dodge, Ford and GM vehicles all have different frames. Each vehicle manufacturer may use the same frame for a number of years. You will need to use our EZ-Transfer tool.

Why is my cutting edge wearing unevenly?
The plow does not sit flat on the ground when fully angled. This will occur when the clevis height on the vehicle is not correct. The A-frame which connects from the plow to the vehicle must be level with the ground while the plow is sitting on the ground.

More Snow Removal Business Tips

Meyer’s FAQ list includes more information about the company’s product warranty, and why it’s important to work with an Authorized Meyer Distributor. At JTI, our experts are on hand Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 2pm.  Since 1935, we’ve been Cleveland’s trailer experts, and we know a thing or two about snowplows and Cleveland winters too.  Contact us; we’re here to help.

We also have a large selection of Edge Eyewear, Youngstown Gloves, and accessories, supplies and tools our customers need – in all kinds of weather. #Staywarm, Cleveland. Spring is coming!
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JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsWinter isn’t a piece of cake in Cleveland.  It’s a piece of ice, snow, sunglare, freezing rain and busy roads with a cherry on top.  People who rely on their trailers (and snow removal equipment) rely on JTI.  Call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in to our Oakwood Village showroom, just off I-271 between Bedford and Northfield Village. _______________________________________________________________________________________________
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Building Your Snow Plow Business

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Today: Building your Snow Plow Business

We see guys come in everyday during the long Cleveland winter looking cold, weary, and very overworked.

How can you make snow plowing both lucrative & non-stressful? In order of business development, start with number one and grow to number three. As a business owner, always have the point of view of making life easy and growing your business.

  1. Build a Team: Get two to three other guys in your truck. At each location you can rotate roles. Get a manual salt spreader and a shovel. Take turns for each location. Having other hands will also keep you company. Have someone in charge of tracking the locations. All you will have to do is drive the truck and do the large snow pushing; which we all know is the fun part. Don’t forget to assign each crew member their designated donut days.
  2. Take Charge of a Crew: Instead of you doing the driving and the plowing, build your accounts so that you can sit in your warm office and assign jobs to your crew of 1-2 trucks. Build slowly by focusing on sales, customer relations, and marketing. You will have to stop on customer sites once per day to check on your crew’s work and check in with customers as necessary.
  3. Build a Fleet:  Now you have 50-100 accounts, you have managed 1-2 trucks, it’s time to build your business. Expand to doing all of the sales and marketing for 4-6 trucks. You are now even paying someone else to do the job you were doing in #2. You are the CEO and you manage the manager who is managing the crew. Next steps would be to hire someone to do the sales and marketing, BUT, sometimes business owners stop here because they like to stay in touch with the business.

Business growth is up to you. You are more than capable of growing your business each year. This could represent a high level three year plan for you. As long as your point of view is always as the leader with a drive to grow you can achieve this. Have confidence that not everyone is taking the time to think like this so you have one leg up in the game.  Call us at JTI anytime for expert business growth advice; we are always available for that conversation. As you grow; we grow. We’ll be there for you anytime you have business growth questions.

Be safe snow plowing! Stay Warm!

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Got questioScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMns? We know plows, hitches, spreaders…and how crazy the business can be. Call 440.232.4311 or stop in to talk to our experienced team. Time to add a plow to your fleet? We sell new and used. Check out our inventory online or in person.